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Domestic, road rage, fleeing land Sheffield man in prison

A domestic incident immediately followed by a road rage incident — and an attempt to elude police a week later — has landed a Sheffield man behind bars for nearly the next eight months.

William J. Moore, Jr. was before President Judge Maureen Skerda for sentencing at two dockets.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, Moore was involved in a domestic incident on September 29 in which he allegedly struck a woman in the face with an open hand causing a bruise, and grabbed and shoved her, resulting in bruises and scratches. As the woman tried to leave the home with two other adults and three children, Moore “returned to the residence and attempted to stop her,” according to the affidavit.

He then got in his car and followed the other vehicle westbound on Rt. 6 near Sheffield Area Middle High School at about 5:30 p.m., according to the affidavit.

“The accused followed the victims at a distance less than reasonably safe,” police said. “The accused then suddenly switched lanes and attempted to pass the victim and cut them off. As he did this, he forced them to come to a stop and turn around.”

A week later, Pennsylvania State Police were notified that Moore had been seen on a dirt bike leaving a Tan Street, Sheffield, residence. In a second affidavit of probable cause, police said they observed Moore driving a dirt bike east on Route 6 and turned to follow him.

After a pursuit that involved another U-turn, “Moore entered the driveway of 20 Tollgate Road, where he entered the woods on the dirt bike,” and the patrol vehicle could not follow, police said.

His attorney, Rob Kinnear, took exception with a sentencing memorandum Assistant District Attorney Tatiana Malys filed on Thursday night, arguing it addresses collateral issues and includes hearsay.

“You can’t stop the trainwreck once it’s occurred,” he said, in asking Skerda to recuse herself as a result of receiving the memorandum, a motion she denied.

Skerda sided with Kinnear and struck additional comments Malys made regarding Moore.

Kinnear said this is the case of “one domestic where my client made poor choices.”

Malys said a victim, who ultimately took the stand, believed that Moore was not taking this seriously. She asked for an aggravated range sentence.

Moore declined to comment.

Skerda called a vehicle a “deadly weapon” when discussing him “forcing people off the road.

“You have the opportunity to better yourself at this point.”

Skerda then sentenced Moore to eight months to 18 months incarceration, one year probation, $1,425 in fines and fees, drug and alcohol and mental health evaluations and compliance with recommendations, 70 hours of community service, submission of a DNA sample, credit for 10 days time served and work release and early reentry eligibility on a count of endangering the welfare of children as well as two years probation and 50 hours of community service on a count of recklessly endangering another person on the first docket. He was fined $245 and given a one year license suspension and fined a total of $70 on charges of disregard traffic lane and follow too closely.

At the second docket, Moore was sentenced to two year probation, $1,175 in fines and fees and 40 hours of community service on a count of fleeing and eluding a police officer as well as $70 each on charges of driving an unregistered vehicle, required financial responsibility and turning movements and required signals.

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